Demolition Drive: Residents, police clash in Gurgaon, 35 injured

Auto-rickshaw, some houses and gas cylinder catch fire in violence; police fire in the air, lob teargas canisters

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Updated: May 16, 2015 5:08 am
 demolition drive, delhi demolition drive, HUDA, delhi police, Rapid Action Force, MCG, delhi news, city news, local news, Indian Express The violence at Fatehpur Jharsa in Sector 47 started around 10.30 am on Friday. (Source: Express Photo by Manoj Kumar)

More than 20 residents, including women and children, and 15 policemen were injured on Friday in violence at Fatehpur Jharsa in Gurgaon during a demolition drive by the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

Nearly 400 policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed for the demolition drive that targeted houses in Dokhar-ki-Dhani colony in Sector 47. Clashes broke out between police and residents around 10.30 am.

Police said residents hurled stones and glass bottles at police to stop their houses from being demolished. Magistrate Om Prakash and HUDA estate officer-II Tarun Kumar Pawaria, under whose supervision the drive was being carried out, were injured in the stoning.

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“The demolition drive has been video-graphed. We will identify the people who attacked the demolition squad and those who instigated them. They will be booked. The entire area has been cleared of encroachment and fenced with barbed wires. The illegal structures were holding up laying of internal roads in Sector 47. The residents set an LPG cylinder on fire, which exploded. Luckily, there was no loss of life,” Pawaria said.

An auto-rickshaw and some houses too were set on fire during the clashes. Police lobbed teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to quell the violence. Nearly 50 people, including women, were detained. Residents alleged they were not informed in advance about the demolition drive.

Residents claimed the land belonged to them and that they had been living there for more than 50 years. “Many of us have been living here for generations. Now suddenly, the government has rendered us homeless without any notice and rehabilitation plan,” Pardeep Singh Kashyap, state VP of the Haryana Kashyap Rajput Sabha, said.

DCP (east) Deepak Saharan said, “The residents threw stones at police and SDM Om Prakash was injured. They also threw bottles at police. It was they who indulged in arson and we had to call fire tenders to put out the blaze. Police escorted the women and children to safety.”

Dokhar-ki-Dhani, which came up on panchayat land, was acquired by HUDA in 2005. But the gram panchayat and then sarpanch, opposing the acquisition, did not claim the compensation released by the Haryana government.

Later, the area came under the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon and residents accepted the compensation. The land is earmarked for both commercial and residential purposes. On a 17-acre plot, a hospital has been proposed on 3.65 acres, two group housing societies on1.5 acre each, 60 residential plots and 18-m wide roads.

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    Nampurath Krishna
    May 16, 2015 at 2:31 pm
    Its the bane of democracy, people power is used in destruction also. The people could protest against the demolition in courts and courts could stay if the demolition to be stopped. Here it seems the demolition has the approval of the courts too. How the protest could be justified then?? Lame excuses of staying in a place for hundreds of years could not justify hindering development. Visionary undivided Andhra erstwhile CM Chandrababu Naidu's gamble of taking Hyderabad - an ancient heritage city - to the direct compeion with Bangalore brought all the development to Hyderabad and the city too became prominent IT destination in world map. To raise Hyderabad to present state many buildings including religious were demolished, Ultimately, once work was finished it brought prosperity in and around !!
    1. Dharmesh Karai
      Dec 13, 2015 at 5:25 am
      BJP is prooving to be worse than Sadam Hussain,isis and taliban put together. Indian courts will protect a murderer like salman khan but not poor who are looking for aplace to stay. shame on Indian democracry
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        divya sharma
        May 16, 2015 at 7:46 am
        I am the resident of sector 47. I don't like the destruction. Residents told us that land belongs to them and they are living there from more than 80 years. They didn't get any compensation for it. I don't know what's right or wrong but it's not fair